JOSEPH “JOE” WILLIAM MERRIMAN, 82, of Roanoke passed away, at home, with family by his bedside, Wednesday, October 7, 2009. He was born August 4, 1927 in Huntington, IN. He was the son of the late Auther and Mildred Merriman of Fort Wayne.
Mr. Merriman retired from Magnavox Electronics in the late eighties after over 25 years of employment. He was the first employee to complete the Magnavox Test Equipment Mechanical Construction Certification. He served his country in the Navy during World War II on the USS Kearsarge. He was also a member of The Free and Accepted Masons for over 59 years.
Mr. Merriman was the pillar of our family. He truly enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid reader and passed his fondness for literature of any kind down to the generations.
In his retirement he and his wife Wilma wintered in Haines City, Florida.
He is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Wilma D. Merriman. And his children: son, Rick Merriman of Fort Wayne, daughters Laura Jackson of Roanoke and Vicki Merriman also of Roanoke. Also, one brother, Mark Merriman of Yoder and one sister Janet Merriman of Fort Wayne. He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son George Reavis, and two brothers Gene Merriman, and Mark Merriman.
Funeral service was held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, October 11, 2009 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN with 1 calling one hour prior to services. Calling also from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. Saturday at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hoverstock Cemetery, Zanesville, IN.
Preferred memorials are to Colony Heights Church of Christ.